How this got made into a TV series is beyond me. The "story" got no where. The main character Tess is simply a waitress who just moved to New York looking to start a new life. We don't know her past and we never will in the book. We just learn that she's envious of another co-worker's life, including her boyfriend. Tess is a drunk. A druggie. Still trying to find life. Never finds it. Even when the book is over.
On the plus side, there is some eloquent writing as the author describes food and the senses. There is also a nice poem tribute to 9/11 weaved in out of the blue.
Read it only if you have a lot of boredom to kill. Then you realize it's time you'll never get back. Just like Tess' life in New York City.